Rau was reassigned to Minnesota's taxi squad Friday. Rau has appeared in two top-level contests this season, going scoreless while averaging just 7:53 of ice time per game. It's unclear if he'll be added to the Wild's active roster ahead of Minnesota's next game, which is currently scheduled for Thursday against the Blues.
Rau was activated from the taxi squad Sunday. Marcus Foligno was placed in the league's COVID-19 protocol Sunday, Kevin Fiala is suspended for two more games, and Marcus Johansson (undisclosed) is day-to-day. As a result, Rau will get an opportunity with the big club, and he'll have a chance to crack the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Avalanche.
Rau secured a one-year, two-way contract with Minnesota on Thursday. Rau failed to crack the Wild roster this season, instead spending the year in the minors with AHL Iowa, for which he registered 14 goals and 29 helpers in 51 appearances. With the departure of several veterans this offseason, Rau should have an opportunity to earn a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp.
Rau was reassigned to AHL Iowa on Monday. By sending Rau down to the minors, the club clears the way from Pontus Aberg (lower body) to be activated off injured reserve. The move will also give Rau the opportunity to log some more minutes, as he averaged just 7:01 of ice time in his six NHL contests. With the 23-man roster limit lifted following the trade deadline, the Minnesota is a prime candidate to be recalled from the minors.
Rau was called up from AHL Iowa on Monday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Rau will have to beat out Luke Kunin for a spot in the lineup and will likely be forced to serve as a healthy scratch versus Buffalo on Tuesday. Rau has yet to appear in a game for the Wild this season and figures to be sent back to the minors once Pontus Aberg (lower body) is cleared to return.
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